Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber come off IL to boost slumbering Phillies lineup


PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies went 5-4 in the 10 days without Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber, although it felt longer. They scored only 33 runs in nine games. They hit nine homers. And, in the final two games without their sluggers, they managed one run in 18 innings.

They are happy to see them back.

Harper and Schwarber were activated Tuesday from the injured list. Ten days ago, the club did not think their injuries were serious and that proved true. They missed the minimum amount of time required.

Harper won National League Player of the Month despite missing the final three days of June. His .981 OPS is second in the league — trailing only Shohei Ohtani, whose Los Angeles Dodgers are in town Tuesday to begin a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Schwarber’s .373 on-base percentage ranks seventh in the league. The Phillies missed his presence atop the lineup; their leadoff hitters batted .229/.300/.257 in the last nine games.

David Dahl, a veteran outfielder, was designated for assignment. The Phillies hope to keep him in the organization but he can elect free agency if unclaimed on waivers. The Phillies also optioned utilityman Kody Clemens to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Harper will play in next week’s All-Star Game in Texas as the starting first baseman.

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(Photo of Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber: Tim Nwachukwu / Getty Images)



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